Houston Forward Times

04 June 2014 Written by  Rev. Manson B. Johnson II


THE BIG IDEA: Things that last in life are built from the inside out.

Bible Fact: Men & boys that make the Word of God their tool box for building. Will please God and have great success.

Joshua 1:8; I Corinthians 13:11

The rule of law was given as a guide to help man to control most external situations. Jesus came to help man with internal needs that would help him to have a more perfect relationship with his Creator. Building real character and developing strong manhood needs more than just another perfectly stated law. Real character and strong manhood must thrive and develop from within the internal properties that make a man or boy who he is.

The need to be successful at achieving goals is very important to every man or boy. The self-esteem and self-worth of a man or a boy are at the top of the list when it comes to living a productive or successful lifestyle. What a man or boy uses to determine his outcomes in various matters in life will impact his character. God does want men and boys to succeed in this life and to be prosperous in whatever they choose. This will larger be governed by the determination of how they will transition into various stages of their physical, mental, social and spiritual development into their manhood. Strong development of strong men and boys will result from building strong character traits.

As a TOOL BOX man or boy’s character is being built God is at work inside of them to do four (4) valuable things: It is up to each individual man and boy to do at least four (4) things to help the greatness of their potential to come out: (1) they must cultivate the small potentials; (2) they must culturalize their development process; (3) they must cooperate with a system of standards that will keep them growing in the right direction; and (4) they must communicate often with the creator of their potential for the rest of their life.

How would you like to spend 2 years making phone calls to people who aren't home? Sound absurd? According to one time management study, that's how much time the average person spends trying to return calls to people who never seem to be in. Not only that, we spend 6 months waiting for the traffic light to turn green, and another 8 months reading junk mail. These unusual statistics should cause us to do time-use evaluation. Once we recognize that simple "life maintenance" can chip away at our time in such huge blocks, we will see how vital it is that we don't busy ourselves "in vain" (cp. Psalm 39:6).

“I have only just a minute. Only sixty seconds in it. Forced upon me, can't refuse it. Didn't seek it, didn't choose it. But it's up to me to use it. I must suffer if I lose it. Give account if I abuse it, Just a tiny little minute but eternity is in it.”



  1. Defined: What is it?

  1. Diligence: An earnest and persistent energy and determination of mind, body and spirit to achieve, accomplish or to get a particular task completed.

  2. Questions:

  1. Why is it important for men and boys to complete an assignment or a task?

  2. What role does good health play in completing life’s goals and assignments?

  1. Demonstrated: What will it do or how is it applied in life?

  1. The Tool Box man or boy seeks God guidance for his determinations and for his accomplishments; Psalm 119:1-12

  2. Diligence requires wisdom to seek the help of others who can help get the job or task done; Nehemiah 2:1-9

  3. Diligence requires a mind to work to complete a task. Nehemiah 4:6

  4. Diligence will not let another man interrupt his agenda or hinder his assignment; Nehemiah 6:1-9

  1. Reward: How does it benefit?

  1. Demonstrating diligence leads to favor from God and prosperous living; Proverbs 10:4; 11:27; 13:4; Hebrews 11:6

  2. Diligence leads to personal satisfaction and gives glory to God; Nehemiah 6:15, 16

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